Samsung is constructing chips for subsequent-gen gaming graphics
Samsung likes being the first child on the block with new reminiscence merchandise, and has finished it once more with a kind of DRAM. The so-referred to as HBM2 modules can energy by means of knowledge on the price of 256GBps (with a capital “B”), making them a whopping seven occasions quicker than one of the best DDR5 chips available on the market. The corporate stated the 20-nanometer chips are primarily aimed toward server producers who’re prepared to spend for the newest toys. Nevertheless, they may also permit NVIDIA and AMD to speed up efficiency (and scale back energy consumption) considerably on upcoming graphics playing cards.
Samsung is constructing 4GB modules with 4 layers of eight-gigabit cores, however plans on introducing 8GB merchandise with eight stacks by the top of the yr. The corporate stated that “by specifying [the chips] in graphics playing cards, designers will have the ability to take pleasure in an area financial savings of greater than ninety five % in comparison with GDDR5 DRAM.” Meaning NVIDIA and AMD can construct extra measurement-environment friendly playing cards that run cooler and quicker — and subsequently play Crysis extra easily. The 4GB chips Samsung is constructing now might find yourself in subsequent-gen shopper playing cards, whereas 8GB fashions usually tend to find yourself in excessive-finish NVIDIA Kepler and AMD FIrePro workstations.